320 Christoverson Humanities Building 

Catherine Eskin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

"I know that we cannot teach our students unless they are willing to be taught. I also know that they are most willing when they feel what they are learning will be relevant to their goals. I take pride in making the freshman writing course (a rite of pasage for the majority of students) an important part of how students recognize the utility of writing in their lives."

Dr. Eskin has been teaching on the college level for...a really long time. She did her undergraduate work at Douglass College (Rutgers University) and her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. Eskin enjoys teaching a variety of things (from aerobics in the 1980s and 1990s to bread-making in the early 2000s), claiming that her own desire to continue learning helps fuel her motivation as a teacher. An active person, Eskin runs, bikes, hikes and plays the occasional capture-the-flag game with her family. An active member of Temple Emanuel, Eskin enjoys building the FSC Sukkah on campus and directs the Temple Emanuel Archive of images and oral history interviews.

Courses Taught

Introductions to Drama and Fiction; Women's Reading and Women's Writing in the English Renaissance (grad); Shakespeare (single and two-semester sequence [early and late plays]); Women's literature (Text and Theory); Masterworks of British Literature; Masterworks of Western Literature; Writing About Heartache; Renaissance Rhetoric: Eloquence, The Tongue, and Literature (grad); Rhetoric and Composition--Gateway Program (minority retention), Summer Provisional Students, First-Year Students; American Literature--TA (two semesters); Research and Writing; Humanities for freshman Engineering (Integrated, interdisciplinary program: literature, composition, technical writing, creative writing, public speaking, research skills, art & music appreciation;); Sixteenth Century; Seventeenth Century; Effective Writing I & II (grammar appreciation); Women's Studies; Girls on Film (First-Year Experience class); Women Culture and Contemporary Society: Girls in Love; Renaissance Drama; Jewish Celebrations (First-Year Experience course); Advisor/Mentor Program; Service Learning Research and Writing (100-level); Service Learning: Writing Biography; Writing About Harry Potter I-III); Writing About the Hunger Games; Introduction to Literary Studies (with theory); Creative Non-fiction: Capturing a Moment (service learning, senior level).


Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Comparative Literature, Douglass College, Rutgers University

Honors and Awards

"Lover of Wisdom" Award from Phi Eta Sigma (National First-Year Honor Society) - 2011/2012

Faculty Volunteer of the Year Award - 2011/2012

Elected to Faculty Row - 2012

Sutton's Who's Who in Academia - 2011

"Favorite Professor" from The Southern (Southern Superlatives) - 2009/2010

Award for Conference Travel and Student Travel, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Division of Humanities, FSC - 2009

Recent publications

"The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare's Second Henriad" forthcoming in Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, eds. Mary Pharr and Leisa Clarke, McFarland, due Fall 2012.

"Literary Figures: Lodge in the Undergraduate Classroom," in Teaching Early Modern Prose, eds. Susannah Monta and Margaret Ferguson, New York: MLA, 2010. 313-319.

"Teaching Service Learning Memoirs: Gargantua, Maimonides, and Lake Hollingsworth,: in Proceedings of the FCEA 2008. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009. 33-42.